The Paper Trail


January 2007


Alleged UCLA Student Impostor to Face Trial Thursday

A 36-year-old man accused of falsely posing as a UCLA student for two years will be tried Thursday on charges including identity fraud, the Daily Bruin reports. The Bruin story chronicles the man's successful penetration of campus life: He played rugby, lived in a frat house where he had a ...

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  • The building evacuation due to a suspicious substance at Southern Methodist University Friday turned out to be a false alarm, the Daily Campus reports. The culprit: a cooking spice, which for some reason had been packaged in an envelope.
  • Angry California State University faculty and staff plan ...
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    At ASU, Cops Make the Case for Tasers

    Cops at Arizona State University made the case for Taser guns in an interview with the State Press: "The Taser is great for our policemen to have," a university police commander says. "It helps to save the lives of both our officers and the people who get hit with it, because without the Taser, the ...

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    • Alumni giving seems to be down at Duke University following the lacrosse scandal, the Duke Chronicle reports.
  • New York University's Washington Square News has a profile on a 2004 grad who's now Miss New York. She'll participate in the Miss America pageant tonight.
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    Racially Insensitive Photos on Facebook: Not a Good Idea

    A Martin Luther King Jr. Day party thrown by students at Tarleton State University was the subject of a campuswide meeting Wednesday, the AP reports. The meeting was held after students discovered photos of the party on Facebook.com. The photos, which have since been taken off Facebook, play on ...

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    • Weather concerns are threatening a New Orleans university's graduation tradition. But some students are fighting to keep the traditional graduation site alive, the Maroon reports.
  • Friends at the University of Connecticut have started a frat from scratch. Well, almost--they've stolen the name and ...
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    • A member of Yale's LGBT advocacy group met with a university dean Monday to discuss a November initiation by the men's tennis team, which the LGBT alleges was homophobic, the Yale Daily News reports.
  • The Daily Targum profiles a Rutgers faculty member who just found a meteor in a New Jersey ...
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    Winter Break Report: Wisconsin Student Rescues New Mexico Woman

    University of Wisconsin-Madison sophomore Peter Kottke just meant to spend his winter break backpacking, but he ended up also saving a woman's life. On a hike through the Gila National Forest in New Mexico, Kottke discovered a 52-year-old woman from South Carolina who had been stranded for nearly ...

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    • Concerns that the University of Minnesota charges more in tuition than its counterpart in Wisconsin could threaten a long-standing tuition pact between the states. The pact guarantees residents in-state tuition if they attend schools in either state, the Minnesota Daily reports .
  • One year after ...
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    Unconventional Marketing Strategy at SIUC

    Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's latest marketing strategy "offer[s] potential students the perfect reason to spend their tuition dollars elsewhere," the Daily Egyptian writes today, pointing out that the university's "happy student" photo of choice for the home page of the university's ...

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    • In a new calendar, a Texas Christian University librarian is Mr. July, the Daily Skiff reports.
  • The University of Alabama says its $32 million investment in its new football coach is already paying dividends, the Crimson and White reports .
  • News from MIT: In a highly competitive, collegewide ...
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    • After more than a month of debate, Jimmy Carter will speak at Brandeis University this month—and so will Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard law school professor "who through the whole debate has been framed as Carter's archnemesis," the Justice reports.
  • At Boston University, partying restrictions have ...
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    Harold Ford Jr.'s Vanderbilt Class Fills in Less Than Half an Hour

    Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. may have lost his Senate bid last November, but he posted a phenomenal victory at Vanderbilt Monday, filling his first class as visiting professor the same day it was announced. One thing this indicates: Vandy kids—at least 20 of them—like Harold Ford Jr. Another thing:

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    At Arizona State, 'TREASON 101'?

    A political website has accused Arizona State of teaching treason, the State Press reports. "Traitors at ASU have put up a website," the infowars.com article begins. Then it suggests handing professors copies of the United States Constitution-"including the Bill of Rights"-to prevent them from ...

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    While You Were Vegetating, Spaceship Earth Crashed

    As if discovering that they actually have to sign up for more classes weren't enough shock, students at Kennesaw State University returned from winter break to find that a sculpture called Spaceship Earth had crashed, the KSU Sentinel reports. Luckily, unlike our actual Earth, this sculpture "was ...

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    • Gallaudet University officials, students, and campus police all share the blame for the chaos that erupted on the campus this fall, an independent investigation has concluded, the AP reports.
  • Students at the University of Southern California protested a speech yesterday by anti-affirmative ...
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    Only People at Texas Tech KKK Rally Yesterday: Klan Opponents

    Bad news: Fliers distributed last week near Texas Tech University said the Ku Klux Klan planned to hold a protest on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in a local park. Police gathered to prepare for a rally they heard would include "about five Klansmen...and multiple speakers." But the eight ...

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    MIT Professor Threatens Hunger Strike: No Food Till Tenure

    A biological engineering professor at MIT who was not granted tenure last month plans to begin fasting February 5--and he won't stop until administrators promote him and fire the provost who didn't. In an independent review of the case, senior faculty members decided the denial of tenure was fair,

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